There are many great reasons to start today to develop an exercise plan that’s right for you. But for many people experiencing the symptoms of depression, it can be tough to find the motivation to get up and go. This is understandable. After all, depression can bring with it a lack of enthusiasm and energy, and the disease can also have a variety of physical symptoms such as fatigue and pain – all of which can keep a person from undertaking an exercise routine.
If you find you need an additional “push” to get serious about exercise, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Research has shown that aerobic (or heart-rate elevating) activities bring about the most dramatic reductions in depressive symptoms. Other forms of exercise, such as strength training or conditioning may also be effective for helping to manage depressive symptoms. You can choose from a wide variety of active pursuits. If you can identify one or more activities that you enjoy, you’re on your way to developing an effective plan you can stick to.
- Studies have also shown that, when it comes to regulating mood and lessening depressive symptoms, the benefits of exercise can be immediate.
- The long term advantages of exercise are great, too – improved physical strength, more energy and vitality, and weight loss and muscle toning. But in the short term, exercise can begin to help you manage your depression right away.